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Old 10-30-2007, 05:34 PM   #1
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How often should you pack your AS wheel bearings? I have been told every year/every 5000 miles/every3to 5 years or 12000 miles which comes first.
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Old 10-30-2007, 05:42 PM   #2
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Hi,
My gut feeling is to do them as often as you would on a car. That is usually when a brake job is done. That would be every 40 to 80 thousand miles.
However you are not likely to put that kind of mileage on the average trailer so I do mine every three years max. It's also a good idea to check the brakes.
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How often should you pack your AS wheel bearings? I have been told every year/every 5000 miles/every3to 5 years or 12000 miles which comes first.
Wheel bearings should be repack and the grease seals replaced every year or 10,000 miles, which ever comes first.

You cannot compare wheel bearing care on a travel trailer to a car.

A car is used every day, a trailer is not.

Cars cannot twist the tires like a trailer can.

Those are some of the reasons why a car-trailer comparison is impossible.

If you waited even to 25,000 miles, the brakes would be shot, along with the grease probably having much water in it.

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Old 10-30-2007, 07:23 PM   #4
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Hey Andy, where do I get new wheel bearings for my 2007 27FB Safari? Does the local NAPA carry them?

Thanks.
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:37 PM   #5
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Andy, Thanks for your reply, our trailer is 10 mo. from being new and we have aprox. 6900 mileas on it. We will be leaving on a trip in Feb. Do you think it is OK to put another 1100 miles on it befor I do the berings?
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Hey Andy, where do I get new wheel bearings for my 2007 27FB Safari? Does the local NAPA carry them?

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NAPA stores should have them.

Make sure you get the numbers off the bearings that you have.

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Andy, Thanks for your reply, our trailer is 10 mo. from being new and we have aprox. 6900 mileas on it. We will be leaving on a trip in Feb. Do you think it is OK to put another 1100 miles on it befor I do the berings?

Since your wheel bearings have never been serviced, I think it would be wise to repack them now, check out the brakes and adjust them correctly, and replace the grease seals.

It would also be wise to have the running gear balanced, but if not, ar least get the tires and wheels balanced.

Pushing safety, especially in the winter months, is not a good idea.

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Old 10-30-2007, 09:03 PM   #8
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How often should you pack your AS wheel bearings? I have been told every year/every 5000 miles/every3to 5 years or 12000 miles which comes first.
Hi Allen H, Take a look at this thread started by nickcrowhurst. It's a great read on trailer maintenance.
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How often should you pack your AS wheel bearings? I have been told every year/every 5000 miles/every3to 5 years or 12000 miles which comes first.
all opinions aside here is the most immediate issue for YOUR trailer...

the warranty on your unit includes a clear mandate.

the wheel bearings MUST be inspected during the first 6 months of ownership, or about 5 k miles which ever comes first.

IF you haven't done this first check yet (at 10 months) that's a problem.

so coverage of hub/brake/wheel issues under warranty, may be a problem now.

beyond this very specific issue (which may be irrelevant now)

there are lots of schedules, but for a unit under WARRANTY do exactly as a/s suggests...

yearly/10k.

i tow 25,000 miles a year and do it yearly not every 10k, the grease has been reported to 'still look fresh' one time and 'starting to look dark' another...

the primary reason to inspect the hubs yearly is the brakes....

repacking the bearings while there makes good sense.

now let's suppose yearly is a tad too frequent but every 2 years is critical...

so a year passes and there are not issues, then 2 years pass and you can't remember IF you did them last year or not!

see the problem for most folks is extending beyond the recommended intervals usually gets extended again in multiples and too long.

people generally THINK they've done more than they actually have....

and more recently than they really have.

so when was that last prostate check? (see what i mean)

btw a/s is NOW using nev-r lube bearing packs on some models that are good for UP TO 100k miles, then replaced.

i've forgotten IF your unit has these bearings.

so follow the a/s guidelines for your unit.

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so when was that last prostate check? (see what i mean)

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That is something I WOULD remember

Bad analogy, lol.

I do the bearing check every two years. By then you should be looking at the brakes too anyway.
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